Speaking Freely

July 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
September 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
The ACLU of Indiana's Speaking Freely series, formerly known as First Wednesdays, aims to involve communities across the state of Indiana in important conversations about civil liberties in the Hoosier state and across the nation. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 17

Meeting Room A
Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Public Library:
1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410

Past Events

Yes! You Can Vote!
September 19, 2018  at the Elkhart Public Library

With the November elections just around the corner, the panel will break down misconceptions surrounding who can and cannot vote in the state of Indiana, answering all of your questions about registration, absentee voting, the most recent Indiana voting laws and more. The event will be hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in partnership with the NAACP Elkhart Branch. 
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Lisa Koop, National Immigrant Justice Center Associate Director of Services
Dwayne Brown, ACLU of Indiana TEAP Advocate
Arvis Dawson, Elkhart County Election Board Member

Where Freedoms Collide: A Spirit & Place Event 
November 5, 2018  at the Indiana Landmarks Center, Cook Theatre

How do we balance minority and majority rights? America's history is full of intersections where the rights of the minority conflict with the rights of the majority. Where the promise to protect individual liberty conflicts with the promise to protect our communities from harm, foreign and domestic. Join the ACLU for a moderated conversation about the intersection where competing rights, and competing values, must be resolved. We will look at topics such as immigration and President Trump’s travel ban, as well as RFRA and LGBTQ rights—all while considering the diverse country we live in and how we can best work to find the right balance that will keep all Americans free, safe and equal. 

Speaking Freely - Butler University Founder's Week
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Eidson Duckwall Auditorium, Butler University, Indianapolis

As part of the Butler University Founder's week event, the ACLU of Indiana will host a Speaking Freely panel on the "Rights for Everyone." In keeping with the Founder's Week theme, "BU Be You," the panel will discuss the legal rights and challenges to being yourself. The panel will focus on groups whose rights have been historically under attack such as immigrants, lgbtq folks, religious minorities, women and people-of-color. 

A light lunch will be served at 11:30am with the panel discussion starting at noon. 

Kit Malone
Activist and Educator, 
ACLU of Indiana 
Aliya Amin
Executive Director, Muslim Alliance of Indiana

Guadalupe Pimentel Solano
Vice President of Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance 

Moderated by:
Terri Jett
Board President, ACLU of Indiana 

Community Partner:
Women4Chnage Indiana


Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm 
Indiana University Ballantine Hall – Room 109
1020 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405 

The College Democrats at Indiana University will host the ACLU of Indiana for a Speaking Freely panel on the "Fighting for Rights in the Statehouse." The panel will discuss current bills in the Indiana Statehouse, how they impact Hoosiers' rights and what students can do to take action. The panel will focus on criminal justice reform, hate crimes legislation, repro rights, immigration rights and lgbtq rights.

- Jeannine Bell, IU Maurer Law Professor
- Katie Blair, ACLU Indiana Advocacy and Public Policy Director
- Dan Canon, civil rights lawyer and former Democratic candidate for Congress

Moderated by:
Michael Grossberg
ACLU of Indiana Board Member



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